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Old 07-27-11, 05:29 PM   #1
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Question Mirror

Now that I'm riding on the road, I'm wondering if I should use a mirror. I can hear cars coming up behind me, but a mirror might help me see how fast they're approaching. Have others found them helpful? What are the advantages of handlebar-mounted vs. helmet-mounted mirrors? Can anyone recommend a relatively inexpensive mirror?
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Old 07-27-11, 05:45 PM   #2
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I use a mirror that replaces the handlebar plug. It works well enough. No jitter and only moves if I hit it by accident.
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Old 07-27-11, 07:05 PM   #3
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I know many people don't use mirrors, but I don't like to ride with out one. I prefer a helmet mirror because my eyesight isn't that great, but I think mirror style is a personal preference. If your eyesight is good the mirror you mentioned should work, if not try a helmet mirror. I enjoy the peace of mind that being able to see the cars approaching with a mirror. Really just depends on what works for you.
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Old 07-27-11, 07:10 PM   #4
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Old 07-27-11, 10:02 PM   #5
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Another vote for the Messenger Mirror. Simple, affordable, and it works.
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Old 07-27-11, 10:03 PM   #6
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...I don't like to ride with out one...
I also do not leave the drive without a mirror or a headlight and tail light in working order. I am lucky. The last time a car hit me was in 1975. I am a bit nervous even now.

You will find we all have our preferences. Just pick one up that meets your budget. From there you will learn what you like and will upgrade as needed.

Be safe out there, and my you ride more miles than you think you want to.
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Old 07-28-11, 06:34 AM   #7
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Grampa bought a mirror that straps onto the handlebar with velcro. It works fine on smooth road, but bumps knock it out of alignment. I'll see if a little duct tape fixes that. Does the messenger mirror wobble on its wire if the road is bumpy?
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Old 07-28-11, 06:38 AM   #8
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I can't hear cars coming up behind me when I'm riding 18+ mph. Too much wind noise in my ears. I rely on a Take-a-look mirror mounted to my glasses to make it easy to keep track of traffic behind me.
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Old 07-28-11, 08:35 PM   #9
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I vote messenger mirror! Got mine today and rode around on bumpy and smooth roads and it didn't budge. I did get incriminating looks from the neighborhood kids as well as my sister; can't win 'em all *shrug*
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Old 08-01-11, 07:51 AM   #10
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Fits on your glasses or sunglasses. Excellent optics. Will save your life!
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Old 08-01-11, 09:53 AM   #11
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Here is what I use, I am very happy with it because if you want to see further behind you, you can kind of twist it with your hand because it attaches to you grip with a Velcro strap.
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Old 08-02-11, 05:18 PM   #12
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Does the messenger mirror wobble on its wire if the road is bumpy?
As long as the rubber temple piece is forward and taut, the vibration is minimal. The mirror is small, so the technique to use it is more of a sweeping motion to get a little panorama of the car behind you, as opposed to a prolonged view... I suggest a quick glance back during a brief section of smooth road.

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Old 08-02-11, 06:54 PM   #13
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Old 08-02-11, 09:31 PM   #14
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I use a Blackburn Helmet mirror. The advantage of a head-mounted mirror (helmet or glasses) is that you can turn your head and scan a wide area behind you.

The disadvantage is that now I always check my non-existant mirror while I'm walking down a crowded sidewalk and want to go around someone
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Old 08-02-11, 10:25 PM   #15
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I always use a mirror, as to which is better, handle bar or glass/helmet mounted, thats up to the individual. I prefer mine on my bar, I've used both.
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Old 08-02-11, 10:40 PM   #16
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I use a bike peddler compact take-a-look and it works great. http://www.artscyclery.com/descpage-1121582.html
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I also use a take-a-look. It works great.
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Old 08-03-11, 06:23 AM   #18
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I use a Blackburn Helmet mirror. The advantage of a head-mounted mirror (helmet or glasses) is that you can turn your head and scan a wide area behind you.

The disadvantage is that now I always check my non-existant mirror while I'm walking down a crowded sidewalk and want to go around someone
Just like I check the lower right corner of the world when I want to see what time it is. Don't tell me I spend too much time on the computer.

Seems like choice of mirror is very much a personal preference. I've ordered a Take-a-Look eyeglass mirror in hopes of guessing correctly which one will work for me. I'll find out tomorrow if I picked a winner.
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Old 08-03-11, 05:31 PM   #19
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I use a combination of Safe Zone helmet mirror and a Mirrycle mirror on bar ends. I liked neither until I realized using both lets me optimize one for upright, and the other while in a lower position. Regardless of what you choose it'd be better than relying solely on your ears, which can result in a lot of quieter cars surprising you as they zoom right past, or worse.
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Old 08-03-11, 06:59 PM   #20
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I need another mirror. I have the take-a-look mirror, but the arms on my glasses are too narrow and the mirror bends the arms which I don't like. Sometimes it moves a bit, because the arms are too narrow. I have Shimano STI shifters. I have small hands, so I put shim spacers in them if that matters?
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Old 08-03-11, 10:07 PM   #21
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I'm going to get this
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Old 08-06-11, 12:29 PM   #22
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I just got a Myrrycle mirror and it's really nice. Good size mirror, stable, doesn't vibrate, and it's adjustable. The mirror tilts, and the arm moves in and out.
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Old 08-06-11, 12:55 PM   #23
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I just got a Myrrycle mirror and it's really nice. Good size mirror, stable, doesn't vibrate, and it's adjustable. The mirror tilts, and the arm moves in and out.
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I also use the Mirrycle Mirror. works good for me. http://www.mirrycle.com/mirrycle_mirrors.php
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Old 08-06-11, 02:47 PM   #24
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I just got the Oberlauda Ultra Light mirror delivered today and went for test ride. I tried it on the fork so it wouldn't stick out, but I couldn't see as far back. Just right below the brake hoods on the handlebar had a good view and I can still use the drops or hoods. It also fit on the bake hoods. I have the ball joint tightened to a point where I can adjust it on the go without it going out a place. Overall I like it.
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Old 08-06-11, 06:24 PM   #25
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This mirror works pretty good, it attaches to your helmet.
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